Modern, Popular and Successful – the Landhaus Range From Emsa Gets Extended

At the spoga+gafa 2015 in Cologne, Emsa presented several new additions to their Landhaus brand.

The Landhaus range from Emsa stands out with its countryside look, solid functionality and reliable quality. Now, the range is widened with a new bird feed dispenser and new colour variants of their vases and baskets.

The Landhaus bird feed dispenser is a follow-up of the concept for modern window boxes, plant trays, bird houses etc. with a clear expression of form and natural shades of green, dark green, granite and white/granite. In the new pure Landhaus design, it is a fine complement to the colourful bird houses and feeders with their picket fence style. This feeding station is also bound to impress in the garden as it caters for everything that birds need. Portion control ensures that bird feed will always stay fresh, clean and dry when stored in the feeding station. It will be available for sale in October.

The popular Landhaus vases and baskets by Emsa will soon be available in the new Pretty Pastell series: Trendy pastell colours in the shades lemon, lavender and mint, will become new favourites on window sills, especially in spring and summer. The top-selling Fuchsia watering cans and sprayers are part of the Pretty Pastell series as well.

According to Emsa, the quality of their brands and an appealing secondary placement of the stimulating colour edition in an attractive display stimulates sales at the POS and will increase sales results.

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Velda‘s Floating Fish Dome is a Fish Eye for Garden Ponds

This stylish gadget allows pond owners to have close fascinating looks at their slippery friends.

More and more, people are coming to see that pond fish are social animals, and that interaction goes much further than just throwing a handful of feed into the pond and observing the fish. Watching fish becomes a unique experience with this floating perspex transparent ball in the pond. The fish come and take a peek in the ball regularly, and that produces fantastic images.

The Floating Fish Dome works best if the fish get used to it early on as a new source of food, by putting treats into the ball from below. After a while, they will include the ball in their daily route. The Floating Fish Dome is also an excellent method to check if the fish are healthy.

Velda will be present at the spoga+gafa garden trade fair in Cologne from August 30th to September 1st, 2015 in hall 10.1, stand A015/A021.

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RSPB Birdwatch in UK: Gardens are Invaluable for Wildlife

For the second time, the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) encouraged people to get out and uncover the secrets of their gardens and outdoor spaces, at the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch. The results highlighted the importance of gardens to threatened UK wildlife.

Over 585,000 people across the UK took part in the RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch during the weekend of 24 and 25 January. They also supplied information on the other garden wildlife they saw throughout the year. The results of the birdwatch can be found here.

Daniel Hayhow, RSPB Conservation Scientist, said: “Once again the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch survey highlighted how important our gardens are for an amazing variety of wildlife living there. A lot of garden wildlife is in desperate need of our help. By providing shelter and a safe place to make a home, gardens provide an invaluable resource and are a key element in helping to save nature.”

Grey squirrels remained the most widely-spotted non-bird visitor, with 74 per cent of participants spotting one scurrying across their garden or climbing up a tree at least once a month. At the other end of the scale, the grey’s native relative, the red squirrel, continued to struggle and was one of the least-seen species – with just two per cent of people seeing one on a monthly basis. One reason for this is a virus, that is carried by the grey and harmless to them, but fatal to reds.

For the first time, Big Garden Birdwatch participants were asked to keep an eye out for slow worms and grass snakes slithering around their gardens. The results revealed that eight per cent of people spotted a slow worm regularly throughout the year, while only two per cent saw a grass snake.

Daniel added: “Despite remaining widespread in many areas of the UK, important habitats for slow worms and grass snakes have been lost. As gardens have become tidier, reptile homes have been lost, leaving a shortage of suitable habitats in which to live and breed.”

Hedgehogs remained a popular garden visitor for the second year running and badgers were spotted by twice as many people living in rural areas than those living in suburban or urban areas.

Piles of logs and compost heaps provide ideal warm, sheltered environments for these species to breed, find food and to hibernate. The more people providing these features will increase the habitats available for all reptiles in their gardens and will hopefully contribute to reversing their widespread decline.

The State of Nature report revealed that many garden favourites, such as: starlings, hedgehogs and butterflies, were all in trouble. By giving a home to the nature on our doorstep, everyone can help reverse these wildlife declines, whether it’s by putting up a nest box for birds, creating a pond for frogs and toads or building a home for a hedgehog.

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Clas Ohlson Presents Ultimate Birdhouse

The UK branch of the Swedish home and garden specialist Clas Ohlson raises awareness for the preservation of the domestic bird population by unveiling a deluxe birdhouse. This handcrafted piece has everything the modern bird could wish for: an open plan kitchen and living room that spills onto a manufactured lawn and ultra slick ‘tweet’ deck, complete with garden table and chairs and a birdbath and swinging perch to relax after a hard day’s foraging. The birdhouse also features a home gym, master bedroom and contemporary floating stairs to complete the stylish look.

Recent research by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds found that some of the UK’s best-loved bird species are continuing to decline. Their campaign claims that by making gardens more wildlife friendly, anyone can create a vital space for these endangered birds. Experts also advise to feed the birds throughout the whole year, not only in winter.

The luxury birdhouse is currently not for sale, but on their Facebook page Clas Ohlson provides blueprints for a self-made birdhouse to encourage people to help the birds.

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